GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Loch Fyne and Tarbert Castle Walk

1 miles (2.2 km)

This walk visits the photogenic ruins of the ancient Tarbert Castle. The 13th castle is located in a scenic location on a hill top on the southern shore of East Loch Tarbert, an inlet ofLoch Fyne in Argyll.
From the elevated position of the castle there are wonderful views over the town and the harbour.
Other features include a pleasant community woodland with a wildlife pool, seats and picnic tables. There is also a sculpture walk with pieces reflecting the natural, historical, and cultural heritage of the area.
The walk uses a section of the Kintyre Way. This long distance walking trail is a great way to extend your exercise. Following the waymarked trail south will take you to Skipness.


PA29 6UD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Tarbert Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Tarbert Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Castle History:
The initial stone structure on this site can be traced back to the 13th century, with the possibility of it being even older.
This fortification played a strategic role, overseeing the anchorage in the bay below and managing the land connection between the East and West Lochs of Tarbert. By 1292, the castle had achieved the status of a Royal Castle, as it was among the properties granted to John Balliol by Edward I of England. Later, in 1325, Robert the Bruce significantly expanded and strengthened the castle. He constructed a comprehensive curtain wall and drum towers, which enclosed an area of nearly two acres.
Historical records of building accounts detail various structures within the castle complex. These include a hall, a chapel, residential houses, workshops, and a brewhouse. Additionally, located outside the wall were a mill and a mill lade, essential for the castle's self-sufficiency.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Tarbert Castle - Geograph-4038208

Tarbert Castle

Kintyre Way looking back to Tarbert. - - 558976

Kintyre Way looking back to Tarbert.

Bailey at Tarbert Castle - - 3041374

Bailey at Tarbert Castle

East Loch Tarbert from the Kintyre Way. - - 558973

East Loch Tarbert from the Kintyre Way.

Tarbert Harbour - - 4152605

Tarbert Harbour

Tarbert, shoreline and castle - - 920262

Tarbert, shoreline and castle

Kintyre Way sign post Tarbert Castle. - - 558955

Kintyre Way sign post Tarbert Castle.

Kintyre way above Tarbert - - 1904896

Kintyre way above Tarbert

GPS Files

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